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World in Brief / ISRAEL

Holocaust group's website in Arabic

January 25, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Israel's Holocaust memorial institution launched an Arabic version of its website, with vivid photos of Nazi atrocities and video of survivors' testimony, to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world.

Among those featured on the Yad Vashem site is Dina Beitler, a survivor of the Nazi genocide that killed 6 million Jews in World War II. Beitler, who was shot and left for dead in 1941, tells her story on the site, with Arabic subtitles.

"Holocaust denial in various countries exists, and so it is important that people see us, the Holocaust survivors, that they'll listen to our testimonies, and learn the legacy of the Holocaust -- also in Arabic," Beitler, 73, said at Yad Vashem.

Last year, Yad Vashem presented a similar version of its website in Persian, aimed at Iran, whose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a myth.

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